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Quality of online otolaryngology health information

  • T C Biggs (a1), N Jayakody (a2), K Best (a3) and E V King (a1)



Up to 70 per cent of the population search online for medical or health-related information. This study aimed to assess the quality of online health resources available to educate patients on a variety of otolaryngological conditions.


Two clinicians independently analysed the quality and content of educational websites ( and for common and uncommon diagnoses, with also used to assess two head and neck cancers.

Results, followed by, scored most highly in their ability to inform readers on a selection of otolaryngological conditions. Although was less likely to include all relevant information and was more difficult to read, it still provided mostly accurate information.


Where possible, patients should be advised to access professionally maintained health information websites ( and However, can provide adequate information, although it lacks depth and can be difficult to understand.


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Address for correspondence: Mr Timothy Biggs, Department of ENT Surgery, Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Poole BH15 2JB, UK E-mail:


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Quality of online otolaryngology health information

  • T C Biggs (a1), N Jayakody (a2), K Best (a3) and E V King (a1)


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